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Art Monographs

Alanis Obomsawin


edited by Richard William Hill, Hila Peleg & Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Prestel Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Monographs, General, Canadian
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
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One of today’s most important documentary filmmakers, Alanis Obomsawin has dedicated her life’s work to shining a light on the injustices experienced by Canada’s Indigenous peoples. This retrospective monograph features an extensive interview with Obomsawin and includes images and written reflections on her entire career, including her most recent series devoted to the rights of Indigenous children.

Never shying away from controversy, Obomsawin’s films have played a critical role in exposing ongoing systemic bias toward Indigenous populations—from fishing rights and education to health care and treaty violations. Obomsawin is also a graphic artist, and she incorporates her often dream-inspired etchings and prints into many of her films. The book includes illuminating essays exploring Obomsawin’s practice and mission as well as personal commentary from collaborators, archival material, and photographs from the filmmaker’s personal life and professional practice. As Obomsawin approaches her ninth decade of life—fifth behind the camera—this beautifully illustrated record of her astounding body of work is an inspiring celebration of the power of film to change the course of history.

Authors include Karrmen Crey, Richard Fung, Monika Kin Gagnon, Candice Hopkins, Jessica L. Horton, Elizabeth Povinelli, Lisa Steele, and Jesse Wente.

About the authors

Richard William Hill is an independent critic and curator. He teaches courses in Aboriginal art history and contemporary art and is associate editor at FUSE Magazine.

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